If each tycoon conceptualized an exotic, opulent island, then tried to oneup the other you would have The Pearl in Doha, Qatar.
This man-made oasis sitting in the Persian Gulf is a testament to the immense wealth of the richest country on earth.
Believe it or not, Qatar is a welfare state. The riches flowing to the land after the world’s third largest natural gas deposits were found under the nation decades ago combined with only 250,000 native Qatari means big government checks and homes for every Qatari family.
The Pearl is a playground for the rich and famous.
The locals do not hesitate to show off their grandest boats and fastest, most expensive cars, either.
The yacht and supercar scene complements the collection of high end, luxury hotels and apartments around the island. Clear views of the Persian Gulf and downtown Doha treat residents year round.
Imagine superyachts hundreds of feet long being serviced by teams of deckhands. Polishing, cleaning and attending to these yacht’s needs, the crews work fervently before the millionaire and billionaire owners head out of port.
Massive boat after boat seem to top the next one as you work your way along the harbor.
Across the way, 5 star hotels and high end boutiques dominate the waterfront.
The Pearl is an study in immense, free flowing wealth.
It’s also an engineering marvel, being created entirely through the ingenuity of the Qatari people.
Are you in the market for a supercar? You’ll have no shortage of rides to sample as a bevy of Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martin’s barrel down the strip, emitting beastly howls that reverberated through the caverns formed by towering buildings.
These are not your run of a mill super cars. Think Porsche GT3’s, Lamborghini Reventon’s and Pagani Zonda’s, the last 2 rides costing in the millions of dollars.
The lighting fast car creme de la creme mock auto show dominates the main drag of the island but if you want to drop a few hundred G’s to make a purchase simply stop by the Ferrari Showroom.
If you work up an appetite while drooling over superyachts and supercars, enjoy fare from a wide range of restaurants on The Pearl.
Traditional Qatari food, Mexican, Italian and good old fashioned America eats are available. The island’s engineers must have been hungry devils because they spared no expense in offering a veritable jambalaya of eateries around this place.
Wear and Walking
You may notice something interesting about walking around The Pearl or Doha in general.
Most men wear a thobe, or white robe, and a ghuthrain, or headscarf, in public. Women tend to wear the traditional burka. But pay close attention to foreigners; nearly every single person you see wears clothing that covers the shoulders to the knees.
Qatar is a Muslim country. Although a few odd tourists may break the clothing rule you are expected to keep your shoulders, breastbone and knees covered, as well as all flesh in between, to respect local customs.
This cover up rule applied to The Pearl as well, of course.
As for walking, this island is one of the few pedestrian friendly areas in the city of Doha. Large, wide sidewalks give you ample space for brisk, energized walks.
The remainder of Doha is a car town. Narrow or non-existent sidewalks combined with sometimes dangerous traffic maneuvers makes the city a bit dangerous for aspiring walkers.
If you want to see one of the Mideast’s most fantastic modern marvels spend a day at the Pearl in Doha, Qatar. Just be thankful for your ATM daily cash withdrawal limits to prevent any impulse buys.
About the Author
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.